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Upsurge in college-bound Summit grads

JULIE SUTOR

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School saw a big jump in the number of graduates who will attend college this year.Ninety-one percent of 2004 SHS graduates will attend two-year or four-year schools, compared to 71 percent of 2003 graduates and 75 percent of 2002 grads.”It’s a tremendous increase,” said high school counselor Debbie Luckett. “I made sure every student had a plan for when they graduated from high school.”This is the third year we’ve had the Career and Academic Planning and Placement (CAPP) Center, and we’re starting to see the effects of that.”The CAPP Center is a central location at the high school for career-planning materials, college-planning materials, scholarship information and test preparation materials.”Also, the counseling department is doing a lot more in-class guidance on postsecondary planning,” Luckett added.Of the 120 grads headed for college, 88 will attend four-year schools and 32 will attend two-year colleges and trade schools.Forty will attend schools rated “very competitive,” “highly competitive” or “most competitive” by the 2003 edition of “Barron’s Profile of American Colleges.””Every year, we have students going to highly competitive schools,” Luckett said. “But you have to be very careful when you look at school rankings, because they change so often and are based on so many different things.”The University of Colorado at Boulder is rated “very competitive” by Barron’s. U.S. News and World Reports ranked the school 78th in the nation among 248 schools.Twenty-one 2004 SHS graduates will attend CU.”A lot of our students are going to CU to study engineering, and it’s quite competitive to get into that department,” Luckett said.Included among that group is the class of 2004’s salutatorian, Elliott Hedman.”I really want to go to CU,” Hedman said. “I toured numerous engineering departments, and the classes at CU were very inspirational. CU offers a more liberal education with more arts and humanities classes.”I want to be a well-rounded engineer,” Hedman added.According to Luckett, finances steer many students to in-state schools, especially in recent years as the economy has slowed.More than 75 percent of 2004 college-bound Summit High School grads will attend schools in the Centennial State.Four students who set their sights outside of Colorado have enrolled in schools that repeatedly land on the U.S. News and World Reports annual list of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges.”Evan Barrett will attend Williams College in Massachusetts; Tasha Rosener has enrolled at Bates College in Maine; Meenakshi Sharma will study at the University of Chicago; and Kristen Voorhees will attend Middlebury College in Vermont.”I applied to 17 colleges,” Voorhees said. “Middlebury got on the list because we knew it to be extremely rigorous academically, and it has the programs I’m looking for.”I’m excited to be in a place where people are excited about learning – a place where learning thrives as opposed to being forced,” she added.Sharma said she is looking forward to being in a different environment this fall when she moves to Chicago.”The community I moved from four years ago was also very small and not diverse,” she said. “I’m really excited to do something a little different.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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